Two arrested for alleged cocaine sales |

Two arrested for alleged cocaine sales

Adam Jensen

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – South Lake El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team members arrested two men late last month after finding about $17,000 worth of cocaine in a residence on the 800 block of Rubicon Trail.

On Aug. 30, Florentino Vargas Barragan, 43, was arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance, possessing a controlled substance for sale, transportation of a controlled substance and conspiracy to transport a controlled substance, said Task Force Commander Jeff Catchings.

Juan Pablo Garcia Mora, 27, was arrested on suspicion of transportation of a controlled substance and conspiracy to transport a controlled substance, Catchings said.

He released the information on the arrests Thursday following the completion of the investigation.

Barragan and Mora were arrested about noon on Aug. 30 in front of the South Lake Tahoe Rite Aid Pharmacy after Barragan sold cocaine to a undercover officer, Catchings said. Task force members then searched Barragan’s Rubicon Trail residence, finding a total of 331.8 grams of cocaine and $1,300.

He said three cell phones used by Barragan were ringing constantly during the search.

“The amount of customers he had was pretty alarming,” Catchings said. “He was busy.”

Mora was not listed as in custody at El Dorado County Jail Thursday afternoon. Contact information for him could not immediately be located.

Barragan remained in custody in South Lake Tahoe Thursday afternoon. It is unknown if he has an attorney.

Barragan, a Mexican citizen, has been deported twice for criminal activity and will likely be deported again, Catchings said.

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